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Daily News Publishes Daily News Exclusive

NY_DNAs you know, we here at FishbowlNY hate the term “exclusive,” mostly because absolutely no one cares, but also because it’s rarely actually an exclusive. However, we have to hand it to the New York Daily News. It’s taking the term to new heights (lows?) by publishing an “exclusive” about a Daily News story.

Today, the paper ran the headline “EXCLUSIVE: Daily News Campaigning to Save City’s Beloved Carriage Horses,” and then explained its fight to rescue the equines, complete with an op-ed by Liam Neeson. Of course this is not an exclusive.

At best it’s simply an article; at worst, a press release. But the Daily News’ editors felt like slapping “exclusive” on there because why the hell not? Everyone knows it’s a completely meaningless word anyway.

Bravo Daily News. Or rather, EXCLUSIVE: FishbowlNY Says Good Job Daily News.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

On His 67th Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Starts New Gig: Los Angeles Register Columnist

This is exactly the kind of creative thinking that is required to connect with today’s busy and much better-served-than-before savvy media consumers. As part of the official launch today on the west coast of daily newspaper the Los Angeles Register, columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar highlights his favorite LA-themed movies.

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The opening paragraph quote from Charles Baudelaire also reminds us how even more cerebral things might have been if coach Phil Jackson had guided the Showtime era Lakers. One of the most intriguing categories in Jabbar’s three-by-three list is TOP THREE FILMS ABOUT THE HOOD. This portion of the article includes:

American Me: Directed by and starring Edward James Olmos, American Me spans thirty years (from the 1950s to the 1980s) of gang life in the Latino community. The gangster life, and its influence on the community, has never been portrayed with so much dark conviction.

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Texas Monthly to Sue NY Times

The parent company of Texas Monthly is suing The New York Times for hiring Jake Silverstein — Texas Monthly’s editor — as the new editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.

According to the Times, Emmis Publishing is claiming that that the Times influenced Silverstein into breaching his contract. The lawsuit states that Silverstein’s contract expires in February of next year.

Eileen Murphy, a Times spokesperson, described the lawsuit as “inexplicable.”

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,” Murphy told the Times. “We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit. We look forward to having Mr. Silverstein join the Times next month and help us shape the future of the magazine.”

This probably isn’t how Silverstein envisioned the next step in his career beginning.

Correction (4/12 9:20 am):
An earlier version of this post stated that Emmis was suing the Times and Silverstein. Emmis is suing only the Times.

Daily News and Post are Enjoying the Sharpton Informant Story

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The New York Daily News and The New York Post are really enjoying this story about Al Sharpton being an FBI informant. Though Sharpton has been plagued by rumors that he was informant during the 80s for years, The Smoking Gun ramped things up by publishing documents that provide new details.

Sharpton admitted cooperating with the FBI/NYPD unit that was targeting the Genovese crime family, but insisted he wasn’t a “rat.” ”I am not a rat,” Sharpton tweeted. “I am a cat, I chase rats thugs, gangsters, bigots, drug dealers. Bad cops whoever out of our community. That is right.”

Not only did Sharpton place quotation marks around that great statement — as if he was quoting someone else — he gave the Daily News and Post more ammo for their covers. We think the Daily News won this round, but only because that is one creepy illustration.

The Star-Ledger Cuts 167 Jobs

Well, this is depressing. Advance Publications’ The Star-Ledger is cutting about 167 jobs, including 25 percent of its newsroom.

The layoffs will mean the paper will be out 40 of its 156 reporters, editors, photographers and other various staffers.

According to NJ.com, the massive layoffs were not surprising:

The cuts were not unexpected, with the announcement last week of the creation of a new media company—NJ Advance Media—which is to provide content, advertising and marketing services to all the newspapers owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Sales and marketing functions of the new company will launch in June, with content operations to begin in September, according to executives.

Even with the consolidation and cuts at the Star-Ledger, the paper  —  along with the others impacted, including The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times and The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania — will continue to publish each day.

NY Post to Launch Entertainment Vertical

nypostlogoThe New York Post is getting set to expand its entertainment coverage. Capital New York reports that Mark Graham, who has worked at VH1, MTV and New York’s Vulture, is in charge of leading a new pop culture centric vertical on NYPost.com.

Graham is currently hiring an online team to help create content for the vertical. He reports to NYPost.com’s chief, Remy Stern.

The Post already has Page Six — which will tell you about the time Kim Kardashian tried to take a selfie with an elephant — so an entertainment vertical seems like a natural fit for the paper.

Pew Study: Newspapers Account for 60 Percent of Total News Revenue

According to Pew Research Center’s latest State of the News Media study, the newspaper industry might not be as doomed as we all think.

When crunching numbers on the many different types of news media, (like digital, local TV, cable TV, etc.) Pew found that newspapers brought in $38.6 billion in revenue, about 60 percent of the total news revenue of $63.2 billion.

Newspapers didn’t just grab the top slot, they dominated. No other media was even close. In fact, no other media came close to $10 billion. The runner-up was local TV news, with only $8.9 billion.

About $25 billion of newspapers’ revenue comes from advertising, and $10 billion comes from print and digital subscriptions.

NY Times to Launch Two New Digital Subscriptions

NYtimes buildingThe New York Times is expanding its digital subscription plans with NYT Now and Times Premier. Both will launch April 2.

NYT Now will be available first on iPhones, for $8 every four weeks. The app will combine the most important articles from the Times and other websites, as well as morning and evening news briefs. The paper’s editors will create headlines and article summaries exclusively for NYT Now. Existing Times digital subscribers can access NYT Now for free.

Times Premier is basically the opposite of NYT Now; it’s for the person who can’t get enough Times. Premier will offer full digital access plus enticing extras, like full length videos; two free TBooks (compilations of Times articles on a single subject) a month; and a four pack of crosswords only available to Premier subscribers.

Readers who choose the Premier package also get access to Times Insider, a feature that pulls back the curtain on the Times, and gives people a look at how the Times newsroom operates. Media addicts — please wipe your drool. Premier will be $45 every four weeks, or $10 extra every four weeks for those that are already print subscribers.

Former NBA Player Experiences ‘Tough Day’ After Being Reported Dead

The New York Post should probably apologize to Quinton Ross, the former NBA player. Yesterday, the paper erroneously reported that Ross who was found dead inside a trash bag, only to later correct its own report and explain that it was another man named Quinton Ross that police had located.

Ross found out that he was supposed to be dead via a slew of texts and phone calls. “My phone was going crazy,” he told the AP. “I checked Facebook. Finally, I went on the Internet, and they were saying I was dead. I just couldn’t believe it.”

He then spent most of the day consoling loved ones. ”A couple (relatives) already heard it,” said Ross. “They were crying. I mean, it was a tough day, man, mostly for my family and friends.”

Ross spent seven years in the NBA. He was undrafted coming out of college, but caught on with the LA Clippers in 2004. During his time in the league he averaged four points and two rebounds. In addition to the Clippers and Nets, Ross played for the Grizzlies, Mavericks and Wizards.

NY Times Public Editor Starts Tracking Anonymous Quotes

MargaretSullivanHeadshotMargaret Sullivan, The New York Times’ public editor, has had it with the Times’ use of unnecessary anonymous quotes. To point out the practice, Sullivan has launched something she’s calling “AnonyWatch.” Sullivan described it as “an effort to point out some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations in the Times.”

The first incident featured on AnonyWatch includes an article that allowed a “Democratic insider” to claim that “Andrew Cuomo doesn’t really have friends.” As Sullivan noted, this goes against the Times’ policy of not allowing anonymous sources to slander people.

Another article Sullivan called out was even worse. In a piece on the Malaysian Airlines plane, an anonymous quote was issued on an anonymously sourced theory that someone on the plane made abrupt shifts in altitude to “depressurize the cabin and render the passengers and crew unconscious.”

When Sullivan asked the Times’ managing editor Dean Baquet for comment on the articles, he said they were both mistakes. We look forward to AnonyWatch locating more of those errors.

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